If you’ve recently gotten porcelain veneers, there some aftercare instructions to follow to ensure longevity. In the following blog post, Dr. S. Blair Jones, your Mansfield, TX dentist, suggest tips for porcelain veneer wearers.

Avoid Staining Your Veneers

Typically, when someone has stains on their teeth from consuming dark colored foods and beverages, they usually resort to teeth whitening products. Oftentimes, a quick bleaching treatment can lift those surface stains, resulting in a beautifully vibrant smile.

Unfortunately, patients with porcelain veneers don’t have the same luxury. When veneers become heavily stained, replacement is the only way to reverse the stains—a repair that can cost over $700 per tooth. That’s why avoiding as many staining foods possible is key to prolonging the life of your veneers. These foods include:

  • Coffee and tea
  • Wine
  • Berries, such as: blueberries, blackberries, and cherries
  • Sodas
  • Dark colored sauces, such as: tomato and soy sauce

Your Mansfield, TX dentist also reminds his patients to take into account the use of tobacco products. Smoking and dipping causes veneers to stain, leaving unsightly brown spots throughout your smile; this advice extends to non-veneer wearers, too.

Gentle is the Best Approach

Natural teeth tend to have durable qualities; however, porcelain veneers have more fragility and require gentle, yet, diligent care. In other words, brunt force to your veneers can cause them to crack or break off altogether. When that happens, the entire veneer requires a replacement. To avoid such costly repairs, refrain from biting down on hard objects, such as:

  • Fingernails
  • Ice
  • Bobby pins
  • Nutshells
  • Bottle caps

These items don’t bode well for natural teeth either, which means veneers have an even lesser chance of withstanding the impact.

Talk to the Associates at Mansfield Dental about Porcelain Veneers

For more information about porcelain veneers, talk to Dr. Jones. He can formulate a specific care guide for your veneers to ensure your smile stays beautiful for years on end. To schedule an appointment with our Mansfield, TX dental practice at (817) 259-1357. Also, visit our website to view services and learn more about our team. We proudly treat patients from Mansfield, South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian and neighboring areas.